Will this affect your company? new rule
The Ministry of Labour is putting in place a new system to ensure regular salary payment by companies by making it compulsory for employers to submit copies of their monthly payrolls to the Ministry from next month, it was announced yesterday.
Addressing a press conference, director of Inspection Department under the Ministry of Labour, Engineer Mohamed al-Naimi, said that private companies will have to regularly submit a copy of the payrolls they forward to the bank when remitting salaries of their staff.
“We have created a complete database of private firms working in the country and their staff. Based on this database, we will be watching salary payment and ready to take action against them in case of violations in this regard,” Engineer Mohamed al-Naimi told mediapersons.
Engineer Mohamed al-Naimi indicated that the new rule would help his department identify firms delaying salaries as well as those employing labour who are not on sponsorship.
“We have already implemented this monitoring system last month, but on an experimental basis. It will be an obligatory practice by private firms from next month to forward their payroll to us,” he added.
The official added that the new rule comes as part of a “stricter policy” by the ministry toward companies violating the country’s labour laws, while revealing that a number of private firms were recently referred to the public prosecution over labour rules violation.
He also revealed that his department will set up an office at the Doha airport to deal with any workers abandoned by their employers.
Among the other new rules for recruitment, the director of the Recruitment Department, Abdullah al-Mohanadi said private firms would be required to submit three months’ certified salary sheets for staff before being allowed to recruit new staff.
“This was part of new stricter rules meant to address salary delay violation by private firms. Before approving an application for recruitment by these companies, we will be also closely examining the history of the company and look if it has any previous salary delay,” al-Mohanadi added.
Foreign companies or those which have foreign partners will be also asked to submit tax statement while applying for new recruitment.
Private companies wishing to recruit from abroad will have to obtain a no-objection letter from the National Manpower Department showing that no Qataris were available to fill the vacancy they had.
About the minimum salary of QR7,000 for bringing in families, al-Mohanadi, who is also the chairman of the Permanent Recruitment Committee, said that his committee could accept applicants with lower salaries if the employer provides accommodation.
“The minimum salary for bringing in wives of expatriates would remain subject to variations depending on different economic variables in the country,” he explained.
Asked whether there was any decline in recruitment recently due to the global economic crisis, the official said that number of the recruited staff last year was three times the number of workers leaving the country.
* Ministry to monitor salary payment.
* Action to be taken against firms
* Inspection Department to set up office at Doha airport to deal with any workers abandoned by their employers.
* Private firms must submit three months’ certified salary sheets before being allowed to recruit new staff.
* Foreign companies or those which have foreign partners must submit tax statement while applying for new recruitment.
* expatriates drawing less than QR7,000 per month may be allowed to bring their family if the employer provides accommodation.
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